Written answers

Monday, 5 August 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Channel Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on handling traffic from roll-on, roll-off ferry services originating from Dover and...

    • Ports: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with his Welsh counterpart on ensuring all UK ports are prepared for the UK leaving the EU.

      Bus Services: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the integration and cooperation of bus and train services.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to incentivise people to use public transport since 2010.

      Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent garages from parking vehicles on streets that do not a display registration plate or a...

      Petrol: Ethanol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the amount of ethanol in petrol sold to reduce carbon emissions.

      Road Works: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue lost by shops and small businesses because of roadworks or road closures annually.

      Electric Vehicles: North Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the number of electric car charging points in North Cornwall.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the 11 July 2019 Road Safety Foundation report that (a) local road...

      East Midlands Trains: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the franchise for East Midlands Trains stipulates that the new rolling stock for that route should be manufactured by a company that is based...

      Ports: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what level of funding his Department has allocated to contingency planning at the ports (a) Holyhead and (b) Pembroke Dock in the event of the UK...

      South Wales Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish its study on improvements to rail capacity and speeds on the South Wales Mainline.

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to ensure that all airlines operating in the UK have a carbon offset scheme to which customers can sign up.

      Department for Transport: Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2019 to Question 260045 on Department for Transport: Post Office, what the cost to the public purse was for this...

      Shared Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) the Royal National Institute of Blind People and (b) other NGOs on shared space schemes since his Department's...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which were the 100 scheduled rail journeys which were most frequently (a) cancelled or (b) significantly late over the last six month period for which...

      Railways: Market Harborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of trains were (a) cancelled or significantly late and (b) on time in each year since 1996 from Market Harborough to London Terminals.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 July 2019 to Question 276184, if he will estimate the (a) number of staff and (b) departmental resources which have been...

      Business: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment the Government has made of whether businesses will be able to use air travel for the delivery of goods and services immediately...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using British Model Flying Association drone registration data to avoid duplicate registrations...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Asthma: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of deaths caused by asthma in (a) adults and (b) children exposed to high levels of air pollution...

    • Anaemia: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients in Northern Ireland were (a) diagnosed and (b) treated for iron deficiency anaemia in each of the last three years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how local areas will be held accountable for progress made on the five year deal to expand GP services.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Childhood Obesity Plan, Chapter two, what steps he is taking to ensure the halving of childhood obesity by 2030.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the proposed Green Paper on Prevention, what assessment of he has made of his Department's ability to improve healthy...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of hospital admissions there were for adults with malnutrition as a (a) primary and (b) secondary condition...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients readmitted to hospital within (a) zero to seven and (b) eight to 180 days were recorded as suffering malnutrition as a...

      Magnetic Resonance Imagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average age is of MRI machines used by the NHS.

      Cancer: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of cancer clinical nurse specialist vacancies in the NHS.

      Cancer: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to tackle cancer workforce shortages in the NHS people plan.

      Dental Services: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his department is taking to increase the availability of orthodontists in Havering.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when a long-term workforce plan which sets out the number of staff required to meet the current and future needs of cancer patients will...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the increased numbers of people vaping on (a) nicotine addiction, (b) incidences of...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban e-cigarettes wherever the smoking ban is in place. .

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of community pharmacies.

      Measles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has published on distinguishing between rashes caused by the measles vaccine and those arising from the wild...

      MMR Vaccine: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) body inclusion encephalitis and (b) other adverse events experienced after a measles vaccine...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to investigate alternative sources of climate finance from (a) public and (b) private sources.

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the merits of a Global Plan of Action for Education as called for by UNESCO in its report of July 2019...

      Department for International Development: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2019 to Question 271330, for what reasons his Department does not offer a payroll deduction service...

      Developing Countries: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of UK aid to developing countries goes towards loan repayments.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the spread of Ebola to the city of Goma and the potential risk of the outbreak spreading to Rwanda.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to overcome the (a) local mistrust of health officials and (b) militia violence which have impeded...

      Yemen: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the processing time for humanitarian supplies imported through the port of Aden in Yemen.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the decision to move Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to the island of Bhasan Charan, which is at risk...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what further steps his Department is taking to stop the spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the World Health...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the potential...

    • Electoral Registration Officers: Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will make an assessment of the ability of the Electoral...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps have been taken by the Electoral Commission to inform hon....

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which electoral registration officers identified themselves as below...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many letters the Electoral Commission has written to hon. Members...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to the Answer of 5 July 2011 to Question 63427 on...

      Electoral Register: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent discussions the Commission has had with (a) church and...

      Electoral Register: Students

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to the Answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, column...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which local authority had the biggest percentage (a) increase and (b)...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the ranked order of spending per person on electoral registration...

      Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent assessment the Electoral Commission has made of electoral...

      Election Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many successful prosecutions for (a) postal vote fraud, excluding...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to recent English Housing Survey statistics which show that four per cent of local authority housing...

    • Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) incentivising or requiring housebuilders to monitor and...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to ensure that...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pilot environmental land management schemes have been agreed, where those pilots will take place; and what the...

  • Home Office

    • Premier Inn: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department plans to make an assessment of whether combustible materials in the roof contributed to the spread of the fire at the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Electronic Commerce: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on the regulation of third-party sellers on online marketplaces; and whether he plans to include those...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Tourists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the customer experience of long-distance railway journeys for tourists; and what plans they have, if any, to improve that experience.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the present total cost of HS2.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 July (HL16851) that continuing Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank makes the two-state...

    • Gaza: Fuel Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported use of collective punishment by the government of Israel, and in particular, the impact of that policy on the level...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Prime Minister of Israel that the government of Israel will never dismantle any settlements in the West Bank.

      Gaza: Agriculture

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the reported (1) destruction of crops, and (2) long-term damage to farmland, in Gaza caused...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there is any difference between the treatment of Palestinians and Israelis who have committed a crime by Israeli authorities.

      Jerusalem: Demolition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the demolition of homes and buildings in the Palestinian Authority-controlled area of Wadi Hummus; and what assessment they...

  • Department for International Development

    • Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are they taking alongside international partners to promote the Sustainable Development Goals.

    • Developing Countries: Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress have they made in promoting sustainable fishing in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Water Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing to the developing countries which are most vulnerable to water scarcity.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will put in place to aid progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

      Developing Countries: Food Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UN report, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, published on 15 July, which suggests an increase in...

      Eritrea: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current humanitarian situation in Eritrea.

      North Korea: Droughts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of an early season drought in North Korea and its impact on harvests, food production, health and levels of malnutrition...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are offering the government of Burundi in hosting Congolese refugees being displaced through the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been paid in housing benefit to those in private rented accommodation in each year since 2004.

    • Formaldehyde: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Health and Safety Executive will revisit its current work place exposure limits for formaldehyde.

      Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the National School Breakfast Programme feeding an estimated 280,000 children, (2) the number of pupils receiving Free School...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sheep Meat: UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of warnings from the National Farmers’ Union that leaving the EU without a deal could lead to sheep farmers going out of...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are giving a guarantee to EU citizens who are resident in the UK that the proposals for settled status and pre-settled status will apply whether...

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the Home Office's strategy for ensuring that the families of EU national offenders and EU nationals in the probation system are able to apply for settled...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU nationals are currently, or at the latest date for which information is available, held in immigration detention.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, or intend to take, to ensure that EU nationals granted pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme but who fail to...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children thought to be eligible for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme have applied to that scheme; and how many such children have been...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for applying a lower suitability threshold than for adults for children from the EU, European Economic Area and...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the International Education Strategy: global potential, global growth, published in March, what plans they have to introduce a new system of visas for...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Treasury

    • H2O Asset Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Young of Cookham on 15 July (HL16842 and HL16843), whether they will now answer the questions put.

    • Crowdfunding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or the Financial Conduct Authority have monitored rates of return projected by peer-to-peer lenders over the last two years; and whether such returns...

      Lendy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) letter as part of the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 24 June (HL16212), whether the FCA was...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tourism: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the rate of youth and educational travel to become more competitive with global rates.

    • Tourism: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of youth travel in growing the UK tourism industry.

      Tourism: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what return they expect to make on their investment in the #MyMicrogap domestic campaign led by VisitEngland and Airbnb.

      VisitBritain and VisitEngland: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the return amount from the grant-in-aid investments in (1) VisitBritian, and (2) VisitEngland, by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in...

      Tourist Attractions: Low Incomes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to review the affordability of major tourist attractions for children from lower income families.

      Music: Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of live music venues to music tourism in the UK.

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have commissioned research into online pornography use and its effect on attitudes and behaviours towards women and girls; and if so, when that...

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 20 July (HL Deb, cols 883–4), on what date the age verification requirements to protect children from...

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